Ben Smith is a two time Emmy award winning weekday meteorologist on WHNT News 19 This Morning. He brings 17 years of television experience to the table.

Ben is a certified broadcast meteorologist originally from Fredericksburg, Virginia. He says he’s always been interested in weather from grade school, tracking snowstorms up the east coast and doing weather on the morning announcements in high school. After graduating high school, he attended East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina where in 1996 he received a bachelor’s degree in Communications and a minor in Geography.

Ben landed his first on-air job right out of college at WNCT-TV in Greenville, NC where he did weather for five years. While working at WNCT, he went back to school and received a certificate in broadcast meteorology from Mississippi State University. Ben has also worked in Chattanooga and Birmingham, where he worked at WIAT-42 from 2001-2003. Ben was the Chief Meteorologist at WSAV in Savannah, Georgia for four years. From there, he worked for WFTV in Orlando, Florida.

Ben has been involved in the direct landfalls of several hurricanes including Bertha, Bonnie, Dennis, Fran and Floyd in 1999. Along with the WNCT staff, he was honored to be awarded the prestigious National Edward R. Murrow Award for continuous coverage of Hurricane Floyd.

Ben holds seals from the American Meteorological Society and the National Weather Association and also has the Certified Broadcast Meteorologist (CBM) seal of approval as well. He also serves on the National Weather Association seal evaluation committee.

In his spare time, Ben watches sports (the N.Y. Jets & Virginia Cavaliers). He also enjoys working out, going to church, and the beach.

Recent Articles
  • morning_lows Breezy & Cooler Through Thursday

    Light rain falls this morning – be prepared for wet streets this morning and at the bus stop. Another 0.10″ of an inch is possible. Nothing heavy and nothing severe today. Winds are gusting over 20 mph and will do that all day. Temperatures only reach the lower 50s this afternoon. Changes are ahead in the form of drier air and colder temperatures. The clearing line is near Memphis this morning and colder temperatures are on the way. Expect morning […]

  • regional_sat1 Heavy Rain This Morning – Severe Weather Mainly South

    Heavy rain moves through the Tennessee Valley early this morning. Thankfully the highest chance of severe weather stays to our south. Periods of moderate to locally heavy rain continues and will taper off through late morning into the early afternoon. A new tornado watch has been issued for central Alabama which includes Birmingham until 8am. Higher instability remains just to the south of the Tennessee Valley. We only have an outside chance of isolated severe storms mainly south of the […]

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    Live Blog: Friday Morning Storms

    Strong to severe storms are moving through the Tennessee Valley this morning. Expect strong winds, heavy rain, frequent lightning, and even some hail. A Tornado Watch is in effect until 10 AM; we will be here watching it with you and keeping you updated on and on WHNT News 19. Click here to read our live blog.

  • storm_outlook400 Update on Timing & Intensity for Approaching Storms

    One of the biggest challenges in severe weather forecasting is coming up with the timing and intensity of storms a day away. Right now a tornado watch is up for Arkansas and southern Missouri. Today is likely to be very active for the Mississippi Valley as much of that area is under a moderate risk for severe weather. This system is one that heads our way during the day on Friday. The models are coming together on the timing for […]

  • armour Snow Flurries & A Freeze Warning

    I guess there is new meaning to the words, “spring forward.” How forward? Obviously past March 25th. What a day! Chilly temperatures, winds gusts over 30 mph, and light snow! Yes, light snow and flurries were reported all over the Tennessee Valley. It continues to come down for some around 2pm. I just took a call from the town of Lincoln, Tennessee. The gentleman said, “Ben, it was coming down nicely for a little bit.” Terry Duvall has a good […]

  • cold_wx Colder Air Arrives Today

    I hope you enjoyed the stretch of warmer weather in the Tennessee Valley. Our streak of 70s ends today. We start this morning on the mild side. Most spots are in the lower to middle 60s. Look to the northwest. Springfield and St. Louis are in the upper 30s to lower 40s. That colder air heads our way this afternoon. We’ll be in the upper 40s by the ride home this evening with a gusty northwest wind. Just a few […]

  • storm_timing The Latest on Severe Storms For This Evening

    The Tennessee Valley is on track for severe thunderstorms this evening into the overnight. Here is the midday update. The system is still developing to our west approaching noon. For the rest of today, isolated showers pop up out ahead of the main line. The moderate risk continues for northwest Alabama and a slight risk for the rest of the area. Red: Moderate Risk – Yellow: Slight Risk **It’s important to note the entire area has a chance of gusty […]

  • model48 Timing of Thursday/Friday Storms

    One of many challenging tasks of forecasting weather is to nail down the timing of strong to severe thunderstorms. We are still looking at the potential for just that this Thursday and Friday. The GFS model shows a healthy line of strong to severe thunderstorms moving through Mississippi and northwest Alabama Thursday evening then crossing through the metro area overnight. The line stays healthy around midnight from Huntsville into southern middle Tennessee. The line weakens as it travels eastward from […]

  • futurecast Winter Weather Advisory In Effect Through 9am Tuesday

    Things change by the minute when forecasting snow. It’s a very difficult and complex task. This system is no different. So many variables come into play when dealing with timing and precipitation amounts. Just this morning, we went from a Winter Storm Watch to a Winter Weather Advisory. If we were expecting more snow or ice, then a Winter Storm Warning would be in effect. Technically a Winter Storm Warning is one level higher than a Winter Weather Advisory. Either […]

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    Live Blog: Saturday Snow

    We are watching a batch of light snow move across Mississippi into Alabama and Southern Middle Tennessee; we will update this live blog on frequently as information comes in. If you have a snow report, highway report, wreck report, or picture of snow, we’d love to be able to share it with everyone else! Send pictures to – and connect with us on social media. If you’re on Twitter, use the hashtag #valleywx to show us what’s happening […]

  • cold2 Say Hello To Another Arctic Blast

    TENNESSEE VALLEY (WHNT) – Get ready for another surge of arctic air. Temperatures this morning are in the teens and lower 20s. Expect readings to be 10°-15° colder Friday morning! Here are your highs for today. Note: Temperatures max out just before noon before falling through the day. Combine that with a gusty northwest wind, wind chill factors will likely be in the single digits and teens this afternoon. Winds will gust over 25 mph at times today. Here is […]

  • Hydro One Mild Day – Chance of Flurries

    It’s a beautiful MLK Day in the Tennessee Valley. It’s perfect timing with several folks already off from work. Temperatures are already above the seasonal average of 52° just after 11am. We are well on our way to readings in the upper 50s to lower 60s this afternoon. Here is a look at Downtown Huntsville around 11:15am. Temperatures are pleasant. Enjoy this afternoon, because the bottom falls out tomorrow. A gusty northwest wind and readings likely holding in the 30s […]


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